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New Industry Report on Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing Unveiled


Worldwide Study Reveals Industry Growth of 24.1%

FORT COLLINS, COLORADO, USA, May 16, 2011—Wohlers Associates, Inc. today announced the publication of Wohlers Report 2011, an annual global study on the additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing state of the industry. This 270-page report, considered by many to be the industry’s “Bible,” marks its 16th consecutive year of publication.

Additive manufacturing is the process of joining materials to make objects from 3D model data, usually layer upon layer, as opposed to subtractive manufacturing methodologies. Additive manufacturing is used to build physical models, prototypes, patterns, tooling components, and production parts in plastic, metal, and composite materials.

The new report documents the latest developments in additive manufacturing technologies, including the explosive growth of low-cost “personal” systems that support the do-it-yourself “maker movement.” It discusses other trends in the industry, such as the rapid development of metal materials and the increasing use of these technologies for the production of end-use products.

According to Wohlers Report 2011, the AM industry rebounded strongly in 2010 from the global economic recession. The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of revenues produced by all AM products and services in 2010 was 24.1%. In 2009, the industry declined by 9.7%. The CAGR for the industry's 23-year history is an impressive 26.2%.

“I am happy to see the additive manufacturing industry recover as quickly as it has,” said Tim Caffrey, associate consultant at Wohlers Associates and a major contributor of content and editorial for the new edition of the report. “We expect the industry to continue its strong double-digit growth over the next several years,” Caffrey stated. Wohlers Associates conservatively forecasts industry-wide growth to be $3.1 billion by 2016 and $5.2 billion by 2020.

The report includes new sections on intellectual property and product liability implications, and expanded information on end-use part production. It also includes industry growth estimates and forecasts, new developments and business opportunities, emerging applications, research and development, and where the industry is headed in the future. The study was created with support from 58 co-authors, 70 service providers, 32 system manufacturers, and many others worldwide. To support the review and analysis, the report includes 43 charts and graphs, 60 tables, and 176 photographs and illustrations.

The report is priced at US$495 worldwide and is available in PDF form. The report’s table of contents, as well as additional information on the market and industry, are available at

Wohlers Associates is an independent consulting firm that provides technical, marketing, and strategic advice on the new developments and trends in rapid product development and additive manufacturing. For more information, visit

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Development Team
The following individuals and organizations contributed to Wohlers Report 2011
nd served as important sources for information.

Mukesh Agarwala

3D Product Development (India)

Joe Benatmane

Econolyst (England)

Paulo Jorge Bártolo

Institute Polytechnic of Leiria (Portugal)

Joseph Beaman

University of Texas at Austin

Alain Bernard

Ecole Centrale de Nantes (France)

Jan Blömer

Fraunhofer UMSICHT (Germany)

Mike Burton

RMIT University (Australia)

David Bourell

University of Texas at Austin

Tim Caffrey

Wohlers Associates, Inc.

Ian Campbell

Loughborough University (England)

Andy Christensen

Medical Modeling Inc.

Adam Clare

University of Nottingham (England)

Deon de Beer

Vaal University of Technology (South Africa)

Jason Dickman

American Precision Prototyping

Olaf Diegel

Auckland University of Technology (New Zealand)

Igor Drstvenšek

University of Maribor (Slovenia)

Pablo Elenter

Robtec (Brazil)

Ismail Fidan

Tennessee Tech University

Joe Frascati

Prototype Productions, Inc.

Ping Fu

Geomagic, Inc.

Michael Gayk

York Technical College

Ian Gibson

National University of Singapore (Singapore)

Tim Gornet

University of Louisville

Andrzej Grzesiak

FhG Institute for Mfg. Eng. & Automation (Germany)

Joan Guasch

ASCAMM (Spain)

Richard Hague

Loughborough University (England)

Ola Harrysson

North Carolina State University

Forrest Higgs

Brosis Innovations, Inc.

Berndt Holmer

IVF Industrial Research and Development Corp. (Sweden)

Johannes Homa


Neil Hopkinson

Loughborough University (England)

Luca Iuliano

Politecnico di Torino (Italy)

Olivier Jay

Danish Technological Institute (Denmark)

Jason Jones

De Montfort University (England)

Ulf Lindhe

netfabb (Germany)

Frank Medina

University of Texas at El Paso

Jorge Mireles

University of Texas at El Paso

Greg Morris

Morris Technologies

Tom Mueller

Express Pattern

Randall Newton

Jon Peddie Research

John Obielodan

Utah State University

Joris Peels

i.materialise (Belgium)

Phil Reeves

Econolyst (England)

Monica Savalani

Hong Kong Polytechnic University (China)

Kevin Scofield

Geomagic, Inc.

Joel Segal

University of Nottingham (England)

Michael Siemer

Mydea Technologies Corp.

Brent Stucker

University of Louisville

Chris Tuck

Loughborough University (England)

Jukka Tuomi

Helsinki University of Technology (Finland)

Bart van de Vorst

TNO (Netherlands)

Jonas Van Vaerenbergh

LayerWise (Belgium)

Michael Weinberg

Public Knowledge

Ryan Wicker

University of Texas at El Paso

Jonathan Wilke

Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology

David Wimpenny

De Montfort University (England)